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This is a special day in RoboAwesome history. We recorded a podcast somewhere in public, without using the magic of Skype! Listen in for a few minutes as David and Aron talk about their experience at this convention so far and as a junky DJ plays loud music several hundred feet away.
Baseball. America’s past time. It’s hard to get away from, especially in a city like Chicago. As fantasy baseball leagues begin to crop up post-opening day, let’s take a look at the greatest fantasy team that gaming could create.
In this riveting episode, Jessie, Donnie and Corey discuss all sorts of things in the realm of gaming, and some not so much. Topics include Ghostbusters, games we feel ashamed of, comic books, Magfest, Doctor Who, and tons of other nerdy things. Give us a listen and tell us what you think!
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Also, Aron says sorry for no music this week but he was having some technical difficulties that should be resolved by the next episode!
Being a Friday, we expected less people than on a Saturday for sure. It was still pretty packed, but the numbers were still impressive for a local Con. Being on their sixth Year, you can definitely tell Ancient City Con is upgrading every year.
We started the day off with a little demo of a table top game called Brushfire. Essentially its a miniatures war game where they take all the nations of the world, and replace them with animals. For instance, Japan is made up of foxes and otters, France is made up of weasles and moles, England is made up of dogs, and Russia is made up of bears and wolves. The gameplay is what you expect, but unless you had the rule book handy it can seem unweidly at first. Reminds me of Warhammer a little to be honest, which isnt a bad thing. Definitely interesting and if you like table top war gaming, I’d suggest checking it out.
Then it was off to the video game room. We had some prizes to give away for a Smash Bros Brawl tournament. At first it was seemingly going to be your typical tournament where everyone plays as Marth characters, or the Fox characters. I was just about to get in a quick nap when a woman took the controller in hand and chose Jigglypuff. At first Adam and I laughed and sat back feeling PRETTY smug, but then she whooped some ASS! She did some things I never knew were possible with the pink puffball. One thing in particular, when knocked off the stage, she would do this thing where she’d spin and fly right back into her opponent like a ball of death. Her play was impressive. The opponents got tougher and in the end, she was like fifth place. The final round with Lucas vs Snake was intense.
After that we went to the concert hall and saw a familar band, Random Encounter. Again they blew my socks off and really stole the show for the con that day. They started the show with the theme to Doctor Who, which was amazing. Then half way in their set they did something amazing, and mixed Purple Haze and One-Winged Angel. It was a magical fusion of Jimi Hendrix and Nobou Uematsu. I was floored. Then plenty of great Zelda classics like Song of Storms and Gerudu Valley. It was a great show with a lot of energy.
Tomorrow is looking to be a bigger day, stay tuned to our twitter for more updates during the con!
I love the heck out of video games. If I go without playing them for any considerable amount of time, i begin to hunger for them. There are a few other things that I also hunger. One of which is food. I am sure you have been in a situation whether its getting really high or perhaps playing video games for about four and a half hours straight, but during this time you get this weird feeling in your gut. A feeling like you are missing something. What could it be? You put the controller down and think for a moment about the possible reason for these feelings. Well my friend, thats hunger! And not your typical bag of cheetos/doritos (listen to RoboCast 022), but a hunger for something different. Well here at the RoboKitchen, Adam and Jessie do just that. I mean, SUUUUURE you can order a pizza or something silly like that, but think of this fellas. What if for whatever reason a distressed girl enters your home. Do you want her to see that this man that could possibly save her and love her like no other is a REAL man who can COOK REAL things? Or do you want her to see that you are just a lazy “pizza ordering” son of a bitch? The choice is yours.
Unfortunately, most of us have jobs that force us to go into the Terrible Outside World, but what if we had the choice not to? Here are a few prime examples of why Video Games are safer than the Outside.
I’m no scientist, but I do believe over ninety percent of all rape victims are raped by someone they interacted with in the outside world. So you want to to go out clubbin with your friends? Maybe do some dancing, some drinking, some good-hearted laughing? Maybe have some date rape drugs slipped into your drink and wake up with a male reproductive organ in each hand with no recollection of the events that led you to this situation? I don’t know about you, but that sounds like MY idea of a great time! Or would you rather stay home and play some Zelda? Heck, there might even be rapists hiding in your bushes outside. The minute you’re outside in the big dangerous world, some pervert in a ski mask and trench coat is bending you over your own car. How many video games do that? Another fact, which you can look up in any museum, is that 0% of all video games have raped someone. Yeah, that’s right. Look it up. I dare you.
4. Horrible Vehicular Accidents
When was the last time you were sitting at home playing video games when a drunk driver slammed into your couch, killing your family? Lynryd Skynyrd never played video games, and you know what? They got on an airplane and it crashed. IT CRASHED. Most of them died, but the worst part came when Ronnie VanZant’s idiot brother tried to reform the band and make a mockery of awesome southern rock. The best part of playing video games is knowing that I will not end up in a situation where I am trapped in a submarine as it depressurizes, and I will never tumble from the sky in a stupid hot air balloon. Seriously, are there people out there who actually think these things are FUN?
There are some terrible diseases out there just waiting to peel your skin off. I have never once played a video game that made it burn when I pee. I’ve never caught a bad case of uncontrollable vomiting from Kirby. Science has proven that video games do not bleed or swap body fluids with you. Just ask a doctor! I bet he learned that in med school. How about that wacky infection that turns people into Zombies? Zombies are far less likely to bite you if you don’t go outside. I’m about to BLOW your MIND by combining three outside hazards. Say you walk outside to get your mail. You sense movement from behind the neighbor’s fence. Then BAM! An AIDS infected monkey jumps over the fence and rapes you. Now imagine that instead of checking the mail, you decided to eat some corn chips and play Halo. Sounds safer to me.
Speaking of monkeys, the outside world is filled with terrible creatures all lurking in the shadows, waiting to inject you with their paralyzing venom, or rip your face or hands off. I’ve seen Snakes on a Plane! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING about the possibility of being attacked by snakes as my flight careens towards the ground sounds appealing. You know what does sound awesome? Playing some Final Fantasy. Oh sure, I could get off my arse and do some leisurely outdoor activity like ice fishing. Yep, so relaxing. Just watch this.
Oh yeah, I bet he can’t wait to tell his friends about all the great fish he caught! OH THATS RIGHT, HE CANT! HE’S DEAD NOW. Just think, what if you lived in Australia? Every living creature there is poisonous. You can’t swim in the ocean because there are tiny jelly fish that give you cancer. There are ravenous eagles with venom filled talons soaring through the skies, swooping down upon your head. Kangaroos eat children for sport. And every. single. one. of these things are found OUTSIDE.
1.The fucking Sun
Yeah, I said it. The FUCKING Sun. That giant douchebag ball of fire in the sky. I was playing a video game the other day and I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up, and I noticed I wasn’t in terrible pain. Anything here ring a bell? Fall asleep outside and what happens? Your skin gets burned. Every time you shower or anything touches you, including your clothing, you feel seering pain. And that’s if you manage to stay out there long enough to even GET burned, because being outside in 100 degree weather just isn’t pleasant, no matter how you look at it. I mean, you end up sweating until your clothes are soaked, you have to drink gallons of water or you’ll die, and you usually end up with one hell of a headache. Miserable! Oh yeah, and there’s that tiny issue of skin cancer. Seriously, Mother Nature can suck it! You want sunshine? Play Super Mario Sunshine! I have yet to read in my extensive collection of medical journals about someone getting skin cancer from Mario Sunshine.
As you can plainly see, video games reign superior to the outside world. Sure, you have to go outside to get stuff like Five Guys burgers, chocolate malts, and new video games, but do yourself a favor and don’t find any other lame excuses to leave your house. I’ve heard tale of people who are “living life to the fullest” and “making memories” but that’s totally lame. Go on and climb your yeti inhabited mountains. Go ride your bikes on those man-eating bear filled forest trails. Enjoy sailing on the great blue ocean filled with giant squids, pirates, and leaping sharks. I’ll be inside having actual fun.
The world of witches and wizards has opened up to us once again with another installment of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 loosely follows the literary novel and film adaptation of Harry and his friends as they depart for their quest to recover the Horcruxes and destroy Voldemort. An adventure many a fan have anticipated greatly.
If in the past you have been scared off of the Harry Potter series, by previous game installments that did not suit your style, then the newly adopted gameplay style may better fit your needs. It is a much improved third person view from over the shoulder of Harry Potter, with a shooter based system that utilizes crouch and cover (similar to Gears of War). Contrarily, if you loved the previous installments, especially the puzzle based elements of the original games, or the sandbox feel of the previous two games, then this may not be the gameplay style for you. We are no longer at Hogwarts and there shall be no more fun with Quidditch, classes, or other pastimes. This is a pure and simple shooter.
The quests will involve one of two elements: sneaking (to save people or find things) or fight and run (to save people or find things). Does that sound repetitive? Although the game may repeat itself – including the use of identical maps for different locations, same characters as enemies, and providing you with the same objectives but in a slightly different setting – It also provides a completely unique perspective to the story. The game gives a uniquely dark, oppressed, and altogether scary enactment of the story. Apparently the developers wanted to make the game appealing to a more adult audience.
The game acts on a leveling system. Your spells become more powerful as you increase your experience. On your travels you collect spells (seemingly at random) and use them to your advantage to disarm, disable, immobilize, or otherwise affect the enemy. The Invisibility Cloak also gets a primary role in this game giving you the power to sneak past nearly any situation, so long as you are careful enough not to move to fast or bump into anyone. Tip: quickly remove and then return to the Invisibility Cloak to keep your stealth meter full.
In order to expand the game length they added a multitude of “side quests”, for which completion is enforced; although you are given the freedom to complete them in any order. These typically are well placed in the game, for example Hermione will go off to look for Ron and in the meantime Harry Potter travels far and wide to find and save Muggle-borns from Snatchers (and similar quests).
Often I found the gameplay to be dull, but as an avid Potter fan I was eagerly anticipating the big scenes from the story. (SPOILER ALERT!) The first big scene we get almost instantly; the ride with Hagrid on his motorcycle. Although it was essentially just a rail shooter, it was a lot of fun and gave a great opportunity to learn the basic mechanics of shooting spells. The next exciting plot development was a ways off, I had to be patient for the Ministry of Magic, but once there my excitement diminished due to a lack of mobility within the Ministry. The finale lacked much grace as Harry shot spells at that dumb beezy Dolores Umbridge (she really ticks me off and her cat plate covered room really freaks me out). Then I patiently played through the petty squabbles and teen angst until I finally reached Godrick’s Hollow where I could fight Nagini the snake. It was far less than exceptional, but well worth the wait. The boss battle with Nagini became a rail shooter with no choice in spells – you may only use Stupefy – but it was exciting. Then we moved onto Ron destroying the Horcrux with Godric’s sword; to which the game added extra intrigue by forcing Harry to fight snake demons coming out of the Horcrux while awaiting Ron to destroy it. The trio then decide to visit Mr. Lovegood. I didn’t assume this would be a great scene, but the developers made it a bit more interesting with an elongated escape made only possible by fighting through massive hoards of enemies.
Finally the grand finale approached: a fight at the Malfoy’s, which I was especially stoked about. I’d played many hours of this game and was raring for the final boss battle. To my dismay the battle was short and easy, but it did provide an excellent depiction of the scene (as it was portrayed in the movie). After the game ended and the credits rolled, I could feel the anticlimactic pangs inside me. An anticlimactic ending is to be expected in a two part movie, but for a gamer to put so many hours into a game we would much rather have some sense of achievement after completing the game (no not just an Xbox Achievement, we require a sense of gratification).
If you’ve ever played through The Lord of the Rings movie video games (that’s a mouthful), then you know what it feels like to play through this game. A sequence of levels developed to mimic scenes from the movie but altered to suit the purposes of the game. Adding little extra value to the intellectual property and the story, but definitely giving the gamer a new perspective on the world (a third person view).
EA Games President Frank Gibeau recently stated that “the movie-game business is falling apart.” Well I most certainly agree. With publishers spending only one or possibly two years pushing a game through intensive development and production we can only expect the creation of games similar to this quality. That is why the movie-game business is falling apart. Not because of profit margins and licensing fees, but because of a lack of quality, value, and vision for the consumer needs.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 may not have lived up to our expectations but it definitely delivered a very playable game that is suggested to provide the avid Potter fan with several hours of good gameplay. Now if only they would go ahead and make the Harry Potter World MMO, that would actually be a game worth playing.
[review title=”” pros=” Lots of spell use, a couple of very well made cut scenes, and excellent voice acting” cons=” Poor graphics with repetitive maps, objectives, enemies, and more. Gameplay is less than spectacular ” verdict=” For avid Potter fans only!” score=40]
At some point in our lives, we’ve all played a game with an introductory video that has absolutely blown us away. Regardless of how many times you’ve seen it, you just can’t bring yourself to skip it and the further you advance in the game, the more meaningful and exciting that video becomes. It never fails to get you pumped about playing.
Below is a list (in no particular order and not the least bit all-inclusive) of such videos in the RPG genre. For some of you, it’ll inspire a pleasant trip down memory lane; for others, it’ll inspire a trip to your favorite online retailer.
With 108 playable characters, a lot of the fun in this video is pointing out the ones you already have. Not to mention that it perfectly captures the theme and spirit of the game. Also, Luca Blight is friggin’ crazy.
Suikoden III was a big departure for the series. The 108 Stars of Destiny are still there, but there were three main characters to choose from whose stories were broken into chapters. With an emotionally charged theme and matching imagery of war and suffering, this video is all epic.
It was difficult to choose just one and while the third volume doesn’t quite stand-up to the first two in terms of music, the visual style and cryptic feel alone was enough to earn it a spot on the list. These videos don’t differ much from one another, so rather than provide a description beneath each, let me just summarize by saying that they all possess an irresistible feeling of eeriness and grandeur – even if the gameplay didn’t quite match.
Everyone marveled at the absurdity of a Final Fantasy and Disney union (those who haven’t played still do) and even I was skeptical. But I don’t think anyone still had reservations about that prospect when they watched this. It was an assurance that while you may be playing with Mickey’s gang, there would be some adult themes and a story that would be far from goofy.
Kingdom Hearts II
I watched this a few times before I actually got into the game. It’s epic and the music has a cool haunting quality to it, but those aren’t the only reasons why I kept coming back. It was because I had no clue what the hell was going on!
I’ve got to be honest, here: I did not enjoy Chrono Cross at all. Some people were able to look past the fact that it was a direct sequel to Chrono Trigger for SNES (and one of my all-time favorite games), but I could never forgive it for involving the original story and characters in such a nonhazardous and seemingly care-free manner. Even so, this has got to be some of the best video game music to-date and the video clips really piqued my interest. Before I knew better.
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
When I first saw this trailer, I had no idea who Etro Anime (the band responsible for that catchy electro-jazz ditty known as “Danger“) were, but I’ve since become well-versed. This video blew me away simply because of the fascinating setting: Gangs of apocalypse survivors gunning each other down for dominance over the coveted Wasteland, when suddenly…. Anyway, as if that disembodied voice at the beginning wasn’t enough to grab your attention. “Warriors of Purgatory….”
Wild Arms 3
When it comes to RPGs, the Wild Arms series has always been the underdog. They’re just solid enough to establish a nice following, but not strong enough to be a heavy-hitter. Regardless, who can resist the appeal of an RPG that takes place in a fantasy western setting? The appropriate music and fitting character design drew me in quick and I wasn’t disappointed. Luckily, Wild Arms 3 is pretty different from its predecessors.
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with the setting and mood of a game. Where Fallout 3 emphasized the danger and lawlessness of a post-apocalyptic world, Fragile Dreams created an atmosphere of hope struggling to overcome loneliness and despair. The imagery in this video always makes me wonder “what if”.
Not only is this video absolutely gorgeous, but it somehow manages to capture the feeling of a World War II era epic in only a few minutes. There’s something inspiring about this video and it drops just enough hints about certain characters that make you want to get to know them. Brilliant – but what do you expect from the folks behind Skies of Arcadia?
So there you have it, folks: Some of the best introduction videos RPGs have to offer. Naturally, I’m sure there are a million more and I’ve probably missed a lot of your favorites, but we’d love to see your own opinions below! Which RPGs do you feel have the best openings and why?